Monday, May 27, 2013

Linda Nagata's "Out in the Dark" (short story, reincarnation): When presumed dead for 30 years returns...

In a world where brain dump is normal & human body can be easily manufactured in lab, travel to other planets of Sol is by leaving your body in cold storage here, sending your brain dump electronically there, & setting it up in a custom made body "husk" at destination.

But law requires that only one body of an individual can be animated at a time; if two are found, the one animated later must be destroyed.

This is the story of complications: Someone is presumed dead in accident, though body is never recovered. She's legally reanimated in a new body with an earlier brain dump at her parents request, & has been living a normal life. Now, 30 years later, the presumed dead has returned...

Fact sheet.

First published: Analog, June 2013.
Rating: B.